The City of Burlington is working to fundamentally change the way its residents and businesses pay for the system that handles runoff from rain.

The goal is to create a dedicated entity with the funds needed to maintain and expand the stormwater infrastructure.

But shifting from a system that relies on funding from the regular property tax to a separate stormwater utility with quarterly fees based on the size of a property’s impervious surfaces (think rooftops and parking lots) won’t effect everyone equally.

Those with large manufacturing plants and expansive paved surfaces will be shouldering more of the burden under the proposal.

Find out how the proposed utility will affect you in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


VET OF THE YEAR: Bob Boulden, 91, of Burlington, experienced the horrors of war like few other distinguished service members and proudly wears the title of Chosin Few – a name given to the survivors of the pivotal Korean War battle. On Wednesday, Boulden was recognized by U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Janesville, as the First Congressional District 2021 Veteran of the Year.


COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17 for a Burlington woman charged with using the debit card of a woman for whom she provided care in the Town of Burlington.


CHARGES URGED: Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling has recommended charges for five of six Wisconsin Election Commissioners stemming from allegations of voter fraud at an area nursing home.


SHOTS FOR KIDS: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently announced children 5 to 11 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart for full protection, and is the first and only vaccine currently available for this age group.


ON THE HONOR ROLL: Two Burlington businesses have been named to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards annual Business Honor Roll. The Burlington Area School District nominated Veterans Terrace and Lucky Star Pub and Eatery for their ongoing support of the district’s students, staff and schools.


GONE TO THE DOGS: Burlington and Union Grove high schools have become pioneers in using therapy dogs to help soothe students in stressful situations. Read about how the two schools compared notes and breeders to bring a touch of canine to the classroom.


AN EPIC MATCH AT STATE: The Burlington Demons have set the standard in Wisconsin high school girls volleyball for more than a decade with 12 trips to the WIAA Division 1 state meet and multiple state championships. The 2021 squad lived up to that tradition with a 38-5 record before bowing out after an epic, five-set battle with Kettle Moraine in the state quarterfinals.